Council welcomes clarity on coal

Posted on 10 July 2017


Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan this afternoon thanked the State Government for the release of the Statement On Future Uses Of Brown Coal.

The Statement provides certainty to the community and industry about future uses of brown coal.

“Today the State Government moved one step closer to securing the long term economic health and wellbeing of our community,” Cr O’Callaghan said.

“For months, the ambiguity around the future use or appetite for the future use of brown coal has restricted our local economy.

“Today’s announcement has provided clarity, focus and direction to those who wish to take advantage of the Latrobe Valley’s abundant and versatile brown coal resources.

“We thank Minister for Resources Wade Noonan for providing certainty to the brown coal innovation sector and for providing a strong framework within which to consider future possible brown coal uses.

“There can be no doubt that brown coal is the Latrobe Valley’s natural economic advantage.  It has fuelled our economy for nearly 100 years and we have long advocated that this rich resource cannot be left to languish with its economic value to this community unrealised.

“We understand that times have changed, that the use of this resource needs to be different to the way in which it was used nearly a century ago. We have advocated for its responsible use - for a measured, considered and innovative use.

“We understand that there has been considerable change in the brown coal, power generation space, but we remain confident that this resource has a long-term future in the effort to meet our nation’s baseload power needs.

“We are excited about what this could mean for our community, our economy and future employment opportunities.

“The State Government is to be congratulated for their leadership and their ongoing commitment to our community.”

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